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Kentucky and Indiana take steps toward legalizing hemp

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Kentucky is one step closer to growing hemp.

The U.S. Senate is expected to pass a compromise farm bill that would allow pilot hemp-growing programs to be set up.

The bill will then be sent to President Obama for him to sign. Kentucky's Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says industrial hemp will make a comeback in Kentucky after decades of being banned.

Kentucky is not alone in its quest to bring back industrial hemp. It appears Indiana is trying to stay competitive with Kentucky and wants to legalize hemp as well, and the Indiana Senate has introduced its own bill to legalize industrial hemp.

Indiana would still need to apply for a waiver to grow hemp even if the bill is passed. The bill must be approved by the House and Governor Mike Pence before becoming law.

The latest version of the Federal Farm Bill also would allow states to grow the plant if signed into law.

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